NMC email glitch may have fuelled hundreds of registration lapses

Hundreds of nurses and midwives may have let their registration lapse accidentally because the Nursing and Midwifery Council failed to send out a final reminder. The problem was revealed in the latest annual performance report on the nursing regulator that shows many nurses then had to wait up to a month or more to re-register. It occurred in the wake of changes to the annual renewal process in November 2015, which saw nurses and midwives who failed to pay their fee on time automatically removed from the register and required to submit a completely new application. Previously, there had been a grace period where registrants could quickly get back on the register without submitting a full application by simply paying the outstanding fee. However, today’s report from the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) suggests many may have fallen foul of the new system, because a final reminder email was not sent.